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Arlo Guthrie: 'Alice' is Back on the Menu

Charles Bermant, What's Up, 23 March 2007

'ALICE'S RESTAURANT' is back on the menu. First released in 1967 as the title track of Arlo Guthrie's debut album, the 18-minute talking blues narrative became a counterculture touchstone, and along with 'In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida', redefined what was played on radio. Guthrie, then 20, took audiences by surprise with his sly, sarcastic delivery of a tale concerning Thanksgiving, garbage and draft boards.

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